7 Tips to Prevent Contaminated Runoff into Water Sources

Useful tips the average citizen can do to prevent contaminated water runoff from entering local drinking water sources.

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What is in your water?

 

Do you ever wonder how clean your drinking water is? And what you can do to prevent water runoff?

Here are seven tips you can do to prevent contaminated water runoff into drinking water sources from the NRDC.

  1. Don’t over- water your lawns and gardens. Over-watering lawns not only wastes water, but can also increase fertilizers leaching into groundwater.
  2. Grow plants and flowers that native to your area. Native plants need less water, are more tolerant of drought conditions, cost less to maintain and provide habitat for birds and butterflies.  The less water needed for plants, means the more drinking water you have for your community.
  3. Use natural fertilizers. If you only apply natural fertilizers, such as compost, peat, rotted manure, and bone meal to help stimulate plant growth and retain soil moisture, you’ll decrease the use of chemical fertilizers that pollute local water sources.
  4. Use a drive thru car wash instead of washing your car at home. If you take your cars to a professional car wash, they are required to drain the wastewater into sewer systems, where it is treated before being discharged. This prevents oil and other fluids from your car from running into a sewer unfiltered and contaminating water sources.
  5. Recycle and properly dispose of all trash. When you improperly dispose of trash, such as flushing diapers or baby wipes, you can damage the sewage treatment process. Without proper water treatment, you could incur more costs and unsafe water.
  6. Make sure you dispose of all pet waste properly. Pick up pet waste before it has an opportunity to enter storm drains and water supplies from rain runoff.
  7. Do not dispose chemicals down the drain. When you need to dispose of caustic chemicals that could find their way into drinking water sources. of drinking water, (examples here)  Contact your local sanitation, public works, or health department to find hazardous waste collection days and sites, and check Earth911.com for local recycling options.

These are a few steps you can take to protect our natural water resources in your communities.  Next article will provide tips how to protect drinking water if you live outside the city limits.

Can Ohio Save Lake Erie?

Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.
Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.

Have you been to this Great Lake, lately?

It’s in dire need of a cleanup. From “toxic” green algae blooms to high levels of phosphorus from farm manure. Do you really know what’s in your water supply?

Water pollution is one of the top 30 environmental issues America is facing, so what is the solution for Lake Erie?

According to The Detroit News, “Ohio lawmakers approved new rules for farmers and water treatment plant operators to … reduce the spread of algae blooms in Lake Erie.” However, much more is needed to combat the spread of toxins and pollutants into our most precious  natural resource.

How do you think lawmakers should approach the cleanup of the 12th largest lake in the world?

Look for more posts about water pollution.

 

 

Green Events: Mother Earth News Fair Sept 24-25, 2011

Looking for a green event that is both convenient, fun, entertaining, sustainable and worth the trip to Pennsylvania’s countryside for 2 days. You’re in luck, the Mother Earth News Fair will take place September 24 – 25, 2011 in beautiful Seven Springs, PA.

What you need to know about this year’s green event:

What: One of the largest sustainable, green events in the Northeast; more than 150 workshops, special guests, booths and educational opportunities to learn, hear, see and experience everything you wanted to know about sustainable living and eating.

Cost: Advance tickets can purchased through Sept. 20, 2011 online here for only $15 or at the gate for $20 for ages 18 and older.

When: Friday and Saturday, September 24-25, 2011

Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA; 60 minutes Southeast of Pittsburgh, see map here.

Special guest speakers that you don’t want to miss:

Ed Begley Jr. – Keynote Speaker – One of the country’s most popular greener living advocates and author will be speaking about “Live Simply, So That Others May Simply Live” as well as selling his most popular eco-living books and will be available for a book-signing during the fair. Don’t miss Begley’s opening keynote address!

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs – Meet and listen to Conroy’s expert advice about using regional herbs and herb growing. Fresh herbs are easy to grow and use in daily cooking. You can learn to recognize different types of herbs that may even be growing in your backyard or fields near you.

Harvey Ussery, The Modern Homestead – Learn about the benefits of raising chickens in today’s world. More than eggs and chicken wings, chickens can also contribute to controlling weeds and insects in your garden. Ussery will also host workshops on converting organic waste to resources and Chickens in the Garden at this year’s Mother Earth News Fair.

 

Learn more about the Mother Earth News Fair on their website and blog and don’t miss any other green, sustainable events by subscribing to their newsletter as well.

What are you waiting for? Visit the website and order your tickets today and save $5!